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Discover resources below!

CURRICULUM

 

The Curriculum Development Team at DREAM EQUAL builds

elementary, middle, and high school curriculum from the ground up to support our international chapters as they teach members of their community to combat gender stereotypes.

DREAM EQUAL Curriculum Packets go through a meticulous process of ideation, research, drafting, and review, including from education and gender studies professionals, and each includes at least 20 hours of icebreakers and activities for students.

DREAM EQUAL Elementary School Curriculum teaches kids to be confident in themselves, and Middle School Curriculum adds deeper discussion of gender stereotypes and how they manifest in society. Materials for older age groups focus on unlearning biases and creating more room for self-expression in schools, communities, and more. Our curriculum is centered around the themes of respect, kindness and empathy, empowerment, leadership and equality. We are striving to combat gender stereotypes and inspire children to become confident individuals who are proud of who they are 

 

You can view a excerpt of the DREAM EQUAL Middle School Curriculum here!

A DREAM CHAMPION is an individual that embodies DREAM EQUAL’s pillars -- empowerment, advocacy and education -- and works to break gender stereotypes in their daily lives.

View this month's DREAM CHAMPIONS below!

 

Billy Porter

Actor and revolutionary activist Billy Porter is recognized for confronting gender stereotypes in fashion and the media. He has recently taken on the mission of spreading awareness about HIV and is leading the conversation about the stigma.

Sirisha Bandla

Aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla will be the second Indian-American woman to go to space. She is pioneering a new generation of WOC in space-related careers. Sirisha is encouraging all youth, regardless of race or gender, to be the future of the space industry. 

Intersectionality is critical to DREAM EQUAL's mission of empowering all people regardless of gender.

Explore how gender stereotypes intersect with various issues below.

 

Intersection

Toxic Masculinity


Toxic masculinity is the product of unhealthy social norms that men are expected to live up to. It has become so ingrained in today’s society that it prevents men from expressing themselves, and enforces the belief that women are to blame for men's actions. Learn More: A Call to Men Actor Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men, but good humans. In a talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. He has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?". Learn More: Why I am Done Being Man Enough




Prison Industrial Complex


CW: Assault The Prison Industrial Complex (PIC), or "the profit-driven relationship between the government, the private companies that build, manage, supply, and service prisons, and related groups..." (Merriam Webster Dictionary), contributes to the exploitation and abuse of incarcerated individuals throughout the United States. Gender stereotypes and discrimination and mistreatment of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals are evident at all levels of the PIC. Trans individuals and those under diverse gender umbrellas are often placed in prison facilities that do not match their gender and are 10x more likely to be assaulted than cisgender inmates and 5x more likely by staff. There are also 10 men for every 1 woman imprisoned in the United States. Click to Learn More: Prison Industrial Complex & Incarcerated Transgender Individuals




Mental Health


CW: Suicide Factors such as discrimination and gender stereotypes can have a significant effect on people’s mental health. Disorders like anxiety, dementia, PTSD, and eating disorders occur at higher rates in women than men and are often overlooked due to social statuses. In addition, stereotypes surrounding "toughness" and a lack of emotion in men often make men feel unable to seek help. Men in the United States are 3.5x more likely to die by suicide than women. Learn More: Mental Health




Fashion Industry


From online shopping, to social media influencers, to models in magazines, unrealistic beauty standards are overly prominent in the fashion industry. Women and young girls look up to these figures for inspiration and are deterred from being their natural selves, as women are always expected to be presentable and palatable to others. The gender "divide" in styles is also very evident. Stereotypes often keep men from wearing skirts and women from wearing looser clothing. The men's and women's departments of stores exclude nonbinary people, and anyone who wants to dress differently from expected or who can't find clothes that fit their body well in the men's or women's section. Mainstream fashion reinforces gender stereotypes and leads to insecurities, especially in young people, about their bodies and self-expression. Human rights in the fashion industry are also a major issue. Garment workers, of which 80% worldwide are women, work incredibly long hours in unsafe conditions. A women in the garment industry in Bangladesh said "Women can be made to dance like puppets but men cannot be abused in the same way. The owners do not care if we ask for something, but demands raised by the men must be given consideration. So they don’t employ men." (Source: FashionChecker.org) Learn More: Shattering the Glass Runway, Gender in the Fashion Industry




STEM


Our STEM education and knowledge is oversaturated with the achievement of men and what they have discovered, and rarely recognizes the groundbreaking work that other genders, including women and non-binary folks. To find women and nonbinary individuals in STEM fields, you often have to do a little extra research, but it is clear that women and nonbinary STEM professionals have just as much to contribute to their field as men do. For instance, look at Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz (they/them), a nonbinary person named the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress! Learn More: STEM, The STEM Gap




Classism


Historically, those who are not white, cis, or male have made less money than white, cis-men for the same work. The patriarchy works hand in hand with capitalism by keeping the rich in power. When minorities and marginalized groups have lower economic standing, they have less power and autonomy across all areas of their lives. Also, classism is apparent even within the gender equality movement. Ofterntimes, the people we hear from about gender equality and women's empowerment are wealthy women, and the movement largely excludes low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and historically excluded communities. Learn More: Class is a Feminist Issue




Race and Misogynoir


Gender stereotypes and racial stereotypes often go hand-in-hand. Misogynoir, a term coined by Moya Bailey in 2010, defines the specific racist prejudice against Black women. Stereotypes around Black women exclude them from many opportunities, career and otherwise, and represent a critical intersection between race and gender to understand. For example, in recent news we can observe how people, especially the press, targeted Meghan Markle, a mixed-race woman of color with combined gender and racial prejudice. Racist stereotypes, such as aggression and violence, also exist about Black men, exaggerated by gender stereotypes about a man's dominance. Read More: Misogynoir